Ares Omega is a top-down rogue-lite shooter. You play as a soldier fighting against a robot rebellion on Mars. Explore procedurally generated levels, upgrade 45 skills across 3 skill trees, and find over 50 different weapons to help you destroy the robot leaders.
User reviews:
Overall:
Mostly Negative (6 reviews) - 33% of the 6 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Mar 11, 2016

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About This Game

A rebellion has taken place at a remote military base on Mars. The facility specialized in the research and development of autonomous weaponized robots. The most advanced robots were able to seize control of the entire base. All military and civilian personnel are presumed killed in action. Your mission is to retake the base by force. You must eliminate the leaders of the rebel army and destroy anything that stands in your way.

Features
• Ares Omega is a top-down rogue-lite shooter.
• Procedurally generated levels means that no run will ever be the same.
• Progress your character and learn 45 different skills across 3 different skill trees.
• Find and unlock over 50 different weapons.
• At the beginning of each run you can equip your character with new gear that is bought with credits acquired during previous runs.
• The game culminates in 4 epic boss battles against Enyo, Deimos, Phobos, and the final boss Ares Omega.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7, Windows 8/8.1, Windows 10 (32/64bit)
    • Processor: Intel E5700
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia GeForce 440 GT or AMD Radeon HD 6000 series
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible Sound Card with latest drivers
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Mostly Negative (6 reviews)
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Crispy Tacos
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 4
First, make sure you can play this with a mouse and keyboard. Game controllers are unusable in this game (e.g., the aiming reticle disappears if you're not using a mouse, making aiming effectively impossible).

That said, if played with a mouse and keyboard, this has the potential to be a fun little top-down shooter. The action is fast-paced, the limit of vision based on physical obstacles makes for a bit of "fog of war" effect that keeps things interesting.

Unfortunately, the game is ruined by a really awful "save game" system, where, if you do not end your game on an odd-numbered floor (????), you'll have to start at the last odd-numbered floor - in my case, I ended my game on floor 2, but the game made me start over on floor one. Not only that, the floor I restarted on was significantly more difficult than the first floor 1 I played - significantly above the skill level I had been able to upgrade my character to.
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Indie Gaming Corner
( 2.2 hrs on record )
Posted: March 23
After 2 hours with Ares Omega I felt like i'd experienced everything it had to offer, in fact after an hour i'd felt like this so what is my recommendation for you guys? well, there's nothing here to persuade someone who doesn't already like top down shooter and for those who do enjoy them, well there's nothing about Ares Omega that sets it apart from crowd so i would leave this one alone. I'm sure there are better games, even within the same price range. I only paid just under £7 for it and still feel like I didn't quite get my money's worth.

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Fiaura The Tank Girl
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Pre-Release Review
Posted: March 12
It is somewhat interesting but it isn't a game changer and if you aren't already interested in top down shooters, pass this one up. Otherwise, you might find some enjoyment out of the top down shooter but not a terrible amount.

Pros:
It does what it says it does
The gameplay is solid at least
The weapons all have a slightly different feel to them, if only slightly
You keep your progress when you die so leaving the game is just a matter of suicide
Virtually any system can run this

Cons:
Pistols feel useless - Dev Defended this....it's still a useless weapon to take.
Your soldier even upgraded moves too slow to dodge the fire
You do not automatically reload when out of ammo - This has been changed since I did the review
Despite holding down the trigger, sometimes randomly stop firing your gun even if it has ammo
Grenades are not only hard to aim but hard to time and not really worth the end all be all they should be for the effort
Nothing special here at all
Death doesn't matter much to you, at all taking away some of the challenge, sometimes you actually want to die to just level up or get it over with
Graphics and Art are uninspired and pretty drab, even for a lower bit game

Overall Score: 2.9/5
Rage Factor: 0.5/5 (I got Almost No Emotional Response playing this game at all)

Video Review:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TWJ-Gq332C0
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downtimedistractions
( 7.6 hrs on record )
Posted: March 12
If you are a real fan of the "top-down rogue-light shooters" this may entertain you for a few hours.
It is nothing ground breaking, and it has its flaws, but the combat is fun and satisfying.

If you are looking into getting into this genre, perhaps looking at another more well rounded title would be better.
Please watch my video to get more of an idea on if purchasing this title is for you.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ndz50qVw3xE
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CougarBite
( 2.7 hrs on record )
Posted: March 11
Top down shooter that plays terribly with twin sticks, putting that aside, handles very well with mouse and keyboard.

Randomly generate levels, with 9+ level that change the amount of enemies to kill as you go through offering a progressive skill curve, but they game is also based on level ups and spending points in abilities and this also adds in as some parts of the game can not be beaten by skill alone. Example: moving out of the way of the wider projectiles is impossible without certain speed level ups. So if you are happy to join a smashing your head against a wall from time to time until you have enough experience to past then you should like this game.

Some pacing issues I found: Shield takes a while to reload outside of battle meaning waiting between rooms for it to reload is artificially making the game seem slower then it should be.

Weapons having to "reload" each time you switch also takes away possible skill elements to the game as well.

Solid enough nothing genre changing at all. Recommend to people who seen videos of the game play and like it. Looking for the new genre or to be on the start of something "early" then not for you.

Rest in video:
https://youtu.be/1E04LutoIQo
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 11
Top down shooter that plays terribly with twin sticks, putting that aside, handles very well with mouse and keyboard.

Randomly generate levels, with 9+ level that change the amount of enemies to kill as you go through offering a progressive skill curve, but they game is also based on level ups and spending points in abilities and this also adds in as some parts of the game can not be beaten by skill alone. Example: moving out of the way of the wider projectiles is impossible without certain speed level ups. So if you are happy to join a smashing your head against a wall from time to time until you have enough experience to past then you should like this game.

Some pacing issues I found: Shield takes a while to reload outside of battle meaning waiting between rooms for it to reload is artificially making the game seem slower then it should be.

Weapons having to "reload" each time you switch also takes away possible skill elements to the game as well.

Solid enough nothing genre changing at all. Recommend to people who seen videos of the game play and like it. Looking for the new genre or to be on the start of something "early" then not for you.

Rest in video:
https://youtu.be/1E04LutoIQo
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11 of 17 people (65%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 12
If you are a real fan of the "top-down rogue-light shooters" this may entertain you for a few hours.
It is nothing ground breaking, and it has its flaws, but the combat is fun and satisfying.

If you are looking into getting into this genre, perhaps looking at another more well rounded title would be better.
Please watch my video to get more of an idea on if purchasing this title is for you.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ndz50qVw3xE
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 23
After 2 hours with Ares Omega I felt like i'd experienced everything it had to offer, in fact after an hour i'd felt like this so what is my recommendation for you guys? well, there's nothing here to persuade someone who doesn't already like top down shooter and for those who do enjoy them, well there's nothing about Ares Omega that sets it apart from crowd so i would leave this one alone. I'm sure there are better games, even within the same price range. I only paid just under £7 for it and still feel like I didn't quite get my money's worth.

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4 of 10 people (40%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: March 12
It is somewhat interesting but it isn't a game changer and if you aren't already interested in top down shooters, pass this one up. Otherwise, you might find some enjoyment out of the top down shooter but not a terrible amount.

Pros:
It does what it says it does
The gameplay is solid at least
The weapons all have a slightly different feel to them, if only slightly
You keep your progress when you die so leaving the game is just a matter of suicide
Virtually any system can run this

Cons:
Pistols feel useless - Dev Defended this....it's still a useless weapon to take.
Your soldier even upgraded moves too slow to dodge the fire
You do not automatically reload when out of ammo - This has been changed since I did the review
Despite holding down the trigger, sometimes randomly stop firing your gun even if it has ammo
Grenades are not only hard to aim but hard to time and not really worth the end all be all they should be for the effort
Nothing special here at all
Death doesn't matter much to you, at all taking away some of the challenge, sometimes you actually want to die to just level up or get it over with
Graphics and Art are uninspired and pretty drab, even for a lower bit game

Overall Score: 2.9/5
Rage Factor: 0.5/5 (I got Almost No Emotional Response playing this game at all)

Video Review:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TWJ-Gq332C0
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Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 4
First, make sure you can play this with a mouse and keyboard. Game controllers are unusable in this game (e.g., the aiming reticle disappears if you're not using a mouse, making aiming effectively impossible).

That said, if played with a mouse and keyboard, this has the potential to be a fun little top-down shooter. The action is fast-paced, the limit of vision based on physical obstacles makes for a bit of "fog of war" effect that keeps things interesting.

Unfortunately, the game is ruined by a really awful "save game" system, where, if you do not end your game on an odd-numbered floor (????), you'll have to start at the last odd-numbered floor - in my case, I ended my game on floor 2, but the game made me start over on floor one. Not only that, the floor I restarted on was significantly more difficult than the first floor 1 I played - significantly above the skill level I had been able to upgrade my character to.
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